Prevalence And Distribution Of Ruminant Trypanosomosis In Bokkos Local Government Area Of Plateau State, Nigeria

JO Kalajaiye, SO Omotainse, GA Omoogun



The seasonal prevalence of typanosomosis was investigated in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State, Nigeria. A total of 740 animals (684 cattle and 56 sheep) were bled during the dry and wet seasons. The standard methods used were simple random and jugular venipucture. Standard parasitological methods were used to determine the infection rate. In cattle, the findings showed an infection rate of 11.7% while in sheep it was 17.9%. Peak infection in animals was during the end of the rainy season and beginning of dry season (September-December). Complementary mice inoculation tests revealed 83 sub patent cases and are recommended as a confirmatory diagnostic technique.

Afr. J. Clin. Exper. Microbiol. 2004; 5 (3): 221-224